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December 4, 2012 @ 8:54 am
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PR Analysis: 2013 NFL Draft Rankings

Written by Eric
Dellaratta
Eric Dellaratta

Eric
Dellaratta

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Who are the top draft prospects at each position? Which prospects are underrated? PewterReport.com’s Eric Dellaratta breaks it all down in this article.
With college bowl season rapidly approaching, draft prospects around the country are gearing up to show off their skills for NFL talent evaluators. The senior prospects will be playing in their final game of their collegiate careers, meaning it will be their last chance to look good for NFL scouts.

The next step in the draft process is the Senior Bowl, the premier all-star game for NFL Draft prospects. Invitations for the Senior Bowl are already being accepted by some of college football’s best players. PewterReport.com will be covering the Senior Bowl, so tune in for practice reports, news, and inside scoop all week long.

Below, PewterReport.com’s Eric Dellaratta has his top 10 draft prospects at each position, including one under-the-radar prospect.    

(*) – denotes underclassmen

QUARTERBACK
1. Geno Smith – West Virginia
2. Matt Barkley – USC
3. Tyler Wilson – Arkansas
4. Tyler Bray* – Tennessee
5. Mike Glennon – N.C. State
6. Aaron Murray* - Georgia
7. Tahj Boyd* - Clemson
8. Ryan Nassib - Syracuse
9. Logan Thomas* – Virginia Tech
10. Landry Jones – Oklahoma 
SLEEPER: Zac Dysert – Miami (OH)

RUNNING BACK
1. Joseph Randle* – Oklahoma State
2. Giovanni Bernard* – North Carolina
3. Eddie Lacy* - Alabama
4. Stepfon Taylor - Stanford
5. Le’Veon Bell* – Michigan State
6. Andre Ellington – Clemson
7. Montee Ball - Wisconsin
8. Mike Gillislee - Florida
9. Dennis Johnson - Arkansas
10. Johnathan Franklin – UCLA
SLEEPER: Miguel Maysonet – Stony Brook

WIDE RECEIVER
1. Keenan Allen* - California
2. Justin Hunter* - Tennessee
3. Terrance Williams - Baylor
4. Robert Woods* - USC
5. DeAndre Hopkins* - Clemson
6. Brandon Coleman* - Rutgers
7. Cobi Hamilton - Arkansas
8. Tavon Austin – West Virginia
9. Aaron Dobson – Marshall 
10. Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech
SLEEPER: Tyrone Goard – Eastern Kentucky 

TIGHT END
1. Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame
2. Zach Ertz* - Stanford
3. Joseph Fauria – UCLA
4. Dion Sims* – Michigan State
5. Chris Gragg - Arkansas
6. Michael Williams - Alabama

7. Mychal Rivera - Tennessee
8. Jordan Reed* - Florida
9. Zach Sudfeld - Nevada
10. D.C. Jefferson - Rutgers
SLEEPER: Ryan Otten – San Jose State

OFFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Luke Joeckel* – Texas A&M
2. Jake Matthews* – Texas A&M
3. Taylor Lewan* – Michigan
4. Brennan Williams – North Carolina 
5. Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
6. Oday Aboushi – Virginia
7. Ricky Wagner - Wisconsin
8. D.J. Fluker* - Alabama
9. Alex Hurst - LSU
10. Xavier Nixon - Florida
SLEEPER: Lane Johnson*– Oklahoma

OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER
1. Chance Warmack - Alabama
2. Barrett Jones - Alabama
3. Dallas Thomas – Tennessee
4. Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina
5. Larry Warford - Kentucky
6. Omoregie Uzzi – Georgia Tech
7. Khaled Holmes - USC
8. Mario Benavides - Louisville
9. Graham Pocic – Illinois
10. Travis Bond – North Carolina
SLEEPER: Braxston Cave – Notre Dame

DEFENSIVE END
1. Damontre Moore* – Texas A&M
2. Sam Montgomery* - LSU
3. Barkevious Mingo* – LSU
4. Bjoern Werner* – Florida State
5. Corey Lemonier* - Auburn
6. Alex Okafor – Texas
7. Tank Carradine – Florida State
8. Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
9. Datone Jones - UCLA
10. John Simon - Ohio State
SLEEPER: Margus Hunt - SMU

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Star Lotulelei - Utah
2. Johnathan Hankins* – Ohio State
3. Sheldon Richardson* - Missouri
4. Kawaan Short – Purdue
5. Louis Nix* – Notre Dame
6. Jonathan Jenkins - Georgia
7. Sharrif Floyd* - Florida
8. Sylvester Williams – North Carolina
9. Jesse Williams – Alabama
10. Bennie Logan* – LSU
SLEEPER: Daniel McCullers* – Tennessee

INSIDE LINEBACKER
1. Manti Te’o – Notre Dame
2. C.J. Mosley* – Alabama
3. Alec Ogletree* – Georgia
4. Shayne Skov - Stanford
5. Michael Mauti – Penn State
6. Nico Johnson – Alabama
7. Jonathan Bostic – Florida
8. Chris Borland* – Wisconsin
9. Tom Wort* – Oklahoma
10. Bruce Taylor – Virginia Tech
SLEEPER: Andrew Jackson* – Western Kentucky

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
1. Jarvis Jones* - Georgia
2. Dion Jordan – Oregon
3. Khaseem Greene – Rutgers
4. Chase Thomas - Stanford
5. Sean Porter – Texas A&M
6. Gerald Hodges – Penn State
7. Arthur Brown – Kansas State
8. Travis Long – Washington State
9. Zavier Gooden – Missouri
10. Brandon Jenkins – Florida State
SLEEPER: Khalil Mack* – Buffalo

CORNERBACK
1. Johnthan Banks – Mississippi State
2. Demarcus Milliner* - Alabama
3. Xavier Rhodes* – Florida State
4. Jordan Poyer – Oregon State
5. David Amerson* – N.C. State
6. Desmond Trufant - Washington
7. Logan Ryan* - Rutgers
8. Kyle Fuller* – Virginia Tech
9. Micah Hyde – Iowa
10. Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Connecticut
SLEEPER: Rod Sweeting – Georgia Tech

SAFETY
1. Tony Jefferson* - Oklahoma
2. Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
3. Matt Elam* – Florida
4. T.J McDonald – USC
5. Bacarri Rambo - LSU
6. Robert Lester – Alabama
7. Eric Reid* - LSU
8. Shawn Williams – Georgia
9. D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina
10. Tyrann Mathieu* - LSU
SLEEPER: John Boyett – Oregon

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    The 4 players I would (as of right now) be happy to see us take with our first round pick come April, in no particular order: CB Dee Mililner, DE Bjoern Werner, CB Johnthan Banks, WR Tavon Austin. The one of those that clearly jumps off the page is Austin. The kid is so dynamic. In my mind, our biggest offensive hole is a prototypical slot receiver, not TE as many think. Clark still has plenty left in the tank for what we need him for. I like Underwood, but I don't know that that role is his true niche. Austin, in my humble opinion, will be better than Harvin, Cobb, or any other similar player. He is the most dynamic guy with the ball in his hands I've personally seen in a while. Watching him destroy Tony Jefferson time and time again (AKA the #1 safety in this upcoming draft) when he played against Oklahoma was incredible. His play is breathtaking, and we have the locker room to help him grow. He would be a stud returner, would carry the ball as a change of pace back (344 rushing yards against OU...344!!!), and would absolutely stretch the defense as well as make PLENTY of YAC out of the slot. His size is a bit troubling simply because he could get hurt, but that is true of any small player, and he has no significant injury history. I see him as the surest offensive skill player in this draft and one that would truly take our O to the next level....all of that said, I'd probably still prefer either of the CBs or the DE I mentioned, lol. Just too many needs there, particularly CB....but man, Austin would be fun to have in pewter and red.
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    I see us taking johnathan banks, get back in the 1st and get sylvester williams then David amerson in the second
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    Thanks for the review Eric. I had heard the Bucs passed on Claiborne last year because they saw a great crop of CBs coming this year....I'll just say that I'm glad our biggest need (I hear you surferdudes about pass rush too) is at CB and not at one of the offensive skill positions...those look down rate sketchy (Eifert excepted).
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    Thanks for reading, EastEndBoy!
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    In the bad old days of the late 80's and early 90's we Bucs fans would start talking draft after about game six when it would be obvious to us all that the season was already spiraling down the toilet to a 2-14 record. Our hope was that the "savior" of our favorite team was only a few months away. It never quite worked out that way until in 1995 when some "pot-smoking loudmouth" defensive tackle named Sapp and another "too small" linebacker named Brooks fell into our laps to join a "too slow" former QB safety named Lynch to form one of the fiercest defenses we had ever seen. Credit Sam Wyche and Richie McKay for the defenses rise to prominence. This last draft of Barron and David combined with Foster, McCoy, Bowers and Clayborn could be the foundation of a dominant defense if the 2013 draft has similar results. We all know the primary need is defensive back and I'm sure Dominik and staff are focused on finding multiple players to stock this depleted secondary and perhaps a pure pass-rusher.
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    I think that since our Head coach came for Rutgers He knows what those Rutgers players can do and can not do. I say draft a couple of the Rutgers playera and Tampa can't go wrong-GO BUCS
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    ED, can you remember a worse class for QB, like, ever? Alabama is going to win a national championship having lost to the only QB they faced who was greater than a 4 out of 10.
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    This QB class is lacking in elite talent. I think there are some intriguing prospects this year, including Tyler Wilson and Mike Glennon. The difference this year is that there is no clear-cut number one quarterback. A lot of the quarterbacks are slated to go to Mobile for the Senior Bowl, so it will be cool to see them all going at it for the top spot at the same place/time.
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    He just missed out on this list. I like his game and he has a good motor. The concern with him is size. But small defensive tackles can succeed in the NFL, such as Geno Atkins for the Bengals.
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    I would rather see the Bucs draft 3 from Alabama. However, I rreally DO love Shariff Floyd and think he has TREMENDOUS upside but NOT as a NT. Unfortunately many of the highest rated S are SSs and not FS. We need a big, fast, hard-hitting FS. I like Eric Reid, big, (almost as big as Barron) hard-hitting (hits much like Barron) and has excellent range. Not saying Reid himself, just someone like him. Thank you Eric! I love that you do this! I was surprised you didn't have Werner and John Simon ranked higher though.
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    I like both Werner and Simon. I think Werner could much higher than people are expecting. While Werner is a physical beast, he is still somewhat raw and is still learning the game of football. He has incredible upside, which is why I think he could land in the top 8. I'm glad you like the article, bucjoe!
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    i could see three gators drafted by the bucs. TE JORDON REED, DT SHARRIF FLOYD AND S MATT ELAM.
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